Category Archives: UESF News

Housing Workshop for UESF Members with the Mayor’s Office of Housing

June 22, 2016
4:00-6:00 p.m.
SEIU 1021 (350 Rhode Island St; enter from Kansas near 17th St.)
RSVP here

Representatives with the Mayor’s Office of Housing will offer a housing workshop tailored specifically to UESF members on Wednesday June 22nd from 4:00-6:00 p.m. in the offices of SEIU 1021.

A broad range of topics will be discussed during the information-packed workshop, including:

Homeownership Support: Learn about the Teacher Next Door program (available to all UESF educators), and the Down Payment Assistance Loan Program (DALP), which is set to re-launch this summer. Includes an overview of the necessary steps to get qualified for both programs.

Below Market Rate (BMR) Units: Get the details on rental and home-ownership BMRs and how educators can qualify for these units.

Housing Counseling Specifically for Educators: A new program will be launched this summer by the Mayor’s Office of Housing, that will contract with a community-based organization to provide services and support on home ownership opportunities, BMR opportunities, and eviction support, specifically for SFUSD educators.

Eviction Support: Learn about the various advocates in San Francisco that are supported by the Mayor’s Office of Housing to help fight unfair evictions and to support tenants.

Please RSVP here. If you have any questions, please email UESF Communications Director Matthew Hardy at mhardy [at] uesf [dot] org.

SF Chronicle Special Report: Schools Suffer as Teachers & Paras Priced Out of San Francisco

Thanks to teacher Rebecca Sheehan-Stross and the other educators who shared their experiences with the Chronicle in their hard-hitting special report on the housing/wages mismatch in the SFUSD.

A must-read special report from the San Francisco Chronicle details how the affordability crisis in San Francisco is pushing teachers and paras out of the City, creating a turnover crisis in the SFUSD. A call to action for those who care about stable communities and the future of our City, the report is a gripping reminder of what is at stake if we cannot keep the talented educators we need in our schools.

Special thanks to all the wonderful educators who shared their experiences in the report.

Make sure to read the report and share it broadly on Facebook.

Continuing coverage from Heather Knight in the SF Chronicle:

Higher-paying jobs than SF teacher? City baker, bricklayer

$20,000 home loans for SF teachers find few takers

Thanks to all who volunteered for the June 7th election

Retired shop teacher Fred Muhlheim takes part in the GOTV effort on election day.

Thanks to all of the UESF members who volunteered for the June election. While the presidential election got all of the media attention, there were several important races and initiatives here in San Francisco that were critical in addressing the affordability crisis, and our efforts with our community and labor allies were an important contribution to the campaigns.

We’re heartened by the strong showing from Jane Kim and for the Reform Slate for the DCCC, and for the overwhelming passage of Prop. C, the housing initiative that mandates all new large scale housing developments have 25% affordable housing for low and middle income residents.

In the coming months, we will launch our November election campaign, which will focus on electing our school board slate, and to ensuring that the Prop. 30 renewal measure passes.

UESF Job Announcement: Staff Organizer/Rep Position

Application Deadline: June 13, 2016

Help spread the word! UESF is hiring for a staff organizer/rep position. Rank-and-file union leaders and activists encouraged to apply. For details, click here.

Run-Off Election for Certificated Delegates to the CTA State Council

Per CTA rules, UESF will run a run-off election for the remaining certificated delegates to the CTA State Council. The run-off election will be held by in-person balloting at the UESF office  (2310 Mason St.) from Wednesday, May 25th through Thursday June 23rd, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 pm. Please spread the word with your colleagues and encourage them to vote! Note: Only certificated UESF members may vote in the election.

UESF Election Results for the 2016 AFT Convention and CTA State Council

Election Results

500 Educators, Parents, Students, & Supporters Gather for UESF’s Stable, Safe, & Supportive Schools Rally

Check out our Facebook album of the rally

Coverage from the SF Examiner & Slideshow

Thanks to the nearly 500 educators, parents, students, and school supporters who came out for our rally for stable, safe, and supportive schools on May 10th!
With the Brass Liberation Orchestra keeping the beat, the wonderful energy at the rally reflected our deep commitment to the students and communities we serve.
With the affordability crisis continuing to rock San Francisco, teacher and para turnover is beginning to destabilize our schools and impact student learning. We call for a firm commitment from the district to prioritize keeping teachers and paras in San Francisco where we belong. We wholeheartedly support the SFUSD Safe & Supportive Schools resolution. We ask only for the training, staffing, and support needed to get the job done!

UESF Executive Board Endorses Cook, Haney, and Sanchez for School Board

On May 4th the UESF Executive Board endorsed Stevon Cook, Matt Haney, and March Sanchez for School Board. The vote follows the lead of dozens of rank-and-file members who voted to recommend the three at the UESF/COPE candidate interviews on April 16th.

According to UESF President Lita Blanc, this slate of candidates is perfectly suited to address the challenges that our schools and our communities face – in particular the affordability crisis and ensuring that the Safe and Supportive Schools resolution is fully supported.

Look for more on Cook, Haney, and Sanchez in the coming weeks!!!

UESF Endorsements for the June 2016 Ballot: Vote the Reform Slate for DCCC, Jane Kim for State Senate, and Yes on C!

The UESF Executive Board has voted to endorse the reform slate for the San Francisco Democratic Party Central Committee (DCCC) to help ensure a place in San Francisco for tenants, educators, and the families we serve. The reform slate is made up of progressive advocates with strong and proven track records who will successfully fight back against the displacement caused by the affordability crisis. We have also endorsed affordable housing champion Jane Kim and Prop. C, the critical measure that will expand affordable housing in San Francisco.

Please remember to vote and volunteer this election!

Our endorsements:

State Senate

Jane Kim (District 11)

San Francisco Ballot

Yes on Prop. C

Democratic County Central Committee (AD 19)

Brigitte Davila
Sandra Fewer
Hene Kelly
Leah LaCroix
Eric Mar
Myrna Melgar
Norman Yee

Democratic County Central Committee (AD 17)
(14 out of the following 15)

Alysabeth Alexander
Tom Ammiano
John Burton
David Campos
Petra DeJesus
Bevan Dufty
Jon Golinger
Pratima Gupta
Frances Hsieh
Jane Kim
Rafael Mandelman
Sophie Maxwell
Aaron Peskin
Wade Woods
Cindy Wu

Volunteer Today

Please volunteer in the coming weeks to help ensure a place in San Francisco for educators and the families we serve:

Phone Banks
5:30-8:30 p.m.
SEIU 1021 – 350 Rhode Island

Precinct Walks
Saturday, May 14th & Saturday, May 21st
9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location TBD

RSVP to UESF Political Director Ken Tray at 956-8373 or ktray [at] uesf [dot] org.